July 28, 2015

:: About the IVPD


Celebrating ten years of service to the SA veterinary industry 2002 to 2013 

The Institute of Veterinary Practice celebrates its 11th year of service to the veterinary industry in South Africa. The success of the Institute has, in no small way, been due to the support and contributions made by our members in the sharing of their knowledge and expertise with fellow members plus the unfailing efforts made by the IVPD to introduce sound business principles to the South African veterinary industry whilst maintaining the highest standard of integrity and transparency.

To those practices that have not yet joined, the IVPD invites you to consider just a few of the benefits listed below, currently enjoyed by our members.   Besides bringing together like-minded practitioners at our quarterly meetings and annual congresses, the Institute has:

Negotiated through the Nedbank Group, special banking and card rates for members. (Compare your current credit and debit card rates with those enjoyed by our members -  1.85% on credit cards, 0.75% on debit cards and Amex 3%)

Established the IVPD Provident Fund, which gives excellent benefits to member practices joining this Fund

Started the IVPD Funeral Fund which offers a stand-alone benefit of R10 000 for only R19 per month to the level of staff in need of assistance

Opened the IVPD Private investment Fund to members with those who joined from the start enjoying a 66.6% return on investment

Developed educational courses for Practice Managers, Veterinary Nurses, Kennel Assistants in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town and most     recently a Retail Management course held in Johannesburg and shortly to be offered to Cape Town and Durban delegates

Entered into an agreement with PRS & Associates resulting in over R118 800 of bad debts being recovered for IVPD members in 2012 alone

Negotiated short term insurance to include additional cover for Public and Products Liability – an important requirement due to the introduction of the new Consumer Protection Act

Commencing in 2008, held annual Business Congresses with eminent speakers sourced from South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Stressed to the SAVC the importance for veterinarians and their staff to attend business congresses and workshops resulting in the granting of full structured CPD points for delegates attending approved IVPD business congresses.

If you are serious about taking your practice to the next level, joining the IVPD is the most positive step you can take towards achieving your goals and growing your bottom line.   Don’t delay, contact Erica de Groot for details on becoming a member and start enjoying substantial savings and receiving constructive business ideas and benefits brought to you by the leading business veterinary Institute specifically geared toward your industry.

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:: Calendar of events


IVPD Congress 2015

The IVPD is delighted to announce that by popular demand of delegates who attended the 2014 IVPD Veterinary Business Congress,   Dr Lowell Ackerman will be visiting South Africa in June 2015 to share even more of his vast knowledge of sound veterinary business practice which will include a hands-on Workshop.  

Special registration fee for veterinary nurses whether from IVPD practices or non IVPD practices

R1200 if registered before 10 June 2015.

Johannesburg – Nedbank Head Office – Main Road, Sandton 

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June 2015

Cape Town – Nedbank Offices – Clock Tower, Foreshore 

Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 June 2015

Durban – Nedbank Offices, Kingsmead -

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June 2015 

Click here for the programme

Click here to download the registration form

For online registration click here

Dr. Ackerman received his veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada), and board certification from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. In addition to his veterinary credentials, Dr. Ackerman also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University. He is Veterinary Specialty Director at Zoetis, Adjunct Professor at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Founder of Bizvet, a practice management consultancy, and member of the Global Veterinary Dermatology Education Group. He has authored several books (including Five-Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult, The Genetic Connection, and Atlas of Small Animal Dermatology), and has lectured extensively on a global basis, on topics in both medicine and management.  

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:: Become an IVPD member

IVPD has great member's benefits. 

Complete the Application for IVPD Membership form and the Shareholder Details form. Either fax to 086 672 6949 or email to ericadeg@iafrica.com together with proof of payment of R4,845-00 inclusive of VAT.

For any further information please contact Erica De Groot.


The seventh and a most successful  IVPD Kennel Assistants’ course 

The Finance model presented by Nedbank

The end of the Kennel Assistants’ Course celebration!

:: IVPD Courses


The seventh and a most successful  IVPD Kennel Assistants’ Course was held in Gauteng during October and November 2013 at Fourways Veterinary Hospital’s attractive new conference facility.   Sixty delegates attended the course spread over three days to accommodate the number of delegates registering.    Modules covered Finance presented by Nedbank who donated a goodie bag filled with useful items to the delight of delegates.   The IVPD Funeral Fund, presented by MS Life provided information on the coverage of funeral expenses for a low monthly payment which delegates could discuss with their practices.   Sr Corne Bezuidenhout of F10 Products gave an interesting and informative talk on the importance of Hygiene within a veterinary practice after which delegates broke for a lunch of Kentucky Fried Chicken sponsored by Hills.    The afternoon session covered Animal Management presented by Shannon McKay.   This module addressed pet handling, dealing with aggressive behaviour and general care of dogs and cats.   Sr Bridget Sardi of Fourways Vet Hospital explained the importance of the role of a kennel assistant within a veterinary practice covering appearance and behaviour, respect of animals in their care and ways of adding value to a practice.   Debbie Last and her team from Hills completed the course with a module entitled Happy Pets in Hospital.   This presentation included feeding pets the best diet for their needs, keeping patients comfortable whilst in hospital and tips on feeding the critically ill patient.   The day ended with a quiz for teams of four with the winning team each receiving a R200 Pick ‘n Pay voucher once again sponsored by Hills.   It was extremely satisfying to find that when calculating the team scores, most were well over 80% which demonstrated the attention delegates had paid to the course content.   A further prize was awarded to the kennel assistant who it was felt had interacted the most enthusiastically by answering and asking relevant questions and sharing personal ideas with the other delegates.  T-Shirts and caps were distributed to all delegates by both Hills and Nedbank.
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